Arsene Wenger is tracking Alan Dzagoev, according to Metro, with the Arsenal manager hoping to steal the march on Manchester City and Tottenham in January by making a bid for the starlet.
Dzagoev is said to be a future top European talent, and at just 21-years-old, he is attracting attention from numerous clubs around the continent.
Arsenal have been pushed to sign Dzagoev by Audrey Arsharvin, and the club are now keeping an eye on how the youngster develops at CSKA Moscow this season.
While Dzagoev will be competing in the Champions League this season, Arsenal are still reportedly his preferred future home, with the club able to offer the best league football in the world.
Arshavin is currently in contract talks with Arsenal, with his deal running out in just under two years. If a deal with Dzagoev goes through though, the Russian may be more encouraged to sign for the Gunners in the long term.